Some SA sports need an overhaul
South Africa’s soccer and rugby teams are going through a lean spell and it may require a radical overhaul to turn their fortunes around. While Bafana have never been a player on the world stage, the two-time world champion Springboks used to be one of the most-feared teams on the Test circuit.
Sadly, Springbok rugby is now a shadow of its former self, and matters may get worse before they get better.
It remains a puzzle as to how a footballing nation like South Africa which boasts substantial financial muscle can be frustrated and held at bay by minnows.
But this is exactly what happened when Bafana were held to a goalless draw by Libya in Durban at the weekend.
This should not have come as a complete surprise because Bafana have a terrible record against countries whom they should beat with ease.
Matters are just as bad on the rugby front. Beaten by Argentina and Australia in their most recent two outings, few will give the Springboks even a glimmer of hope of toppling the All Blacks on Saturday.
Matches between Springbok and All Blacks teams used to be hotly contested affairs with the result often in the balance up until the final whistle.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.
The last time the Boks played in New Zealand they were thumped 57-0 as the gulf between the two nations continues to widen.
Bok coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that his job will be on the line if his team suffer another humiliating defeat.
Bafana will be hoping to ignite their Africa Nations Cup challenge when they face another lesser team in the Seychelles over a double-header of fixtures.
Being a Bafana or Bok supporter is no picnic these days.